The One With the 8th Anniversary
Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Lana Ryazanova. (To view the complete set of photos in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157709470157002)
Riddlesdown parkrun first took place on 2/7/11 and is now 8 years, or 436 events, old. Amazingly it has never been cancelled. Much of the credit for this goes to Event Director Nicki Clark, but a huge thanks also to all the many people who have supported the event over 8 years.
To celebrate, a birthday party will take place after the parkrun on Saturday 13th July at on the grass behind Warlingham School. Everyone is welcome to attend and if you can, please bring some food or drink.
After another warm dry week, it was another hot and sunny morning, but not quite as hot as last week. What better than to see Riddlesdown Common in full bloom whilst parkrunning.
Today’s Run Director was Nicki Clark, assisted by a fine band of 26 volunteers, thanks to everyone. The volunteer roster for July is looking rather thin so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Without volunteers there is NO parkrun.
Today there were 253 finishers. The third highest in the 436-event history. 32 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 14 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also an impressive 33 personal bests.
Sadly, there were 17 ‘unknown’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register .
And remember – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB
Daniel Holah earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 19th May 2012 and 46 have been at Riddlesdown. Well done Dan.
John Hawkins earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 5th November 2016 and 45 have been at Riddlesdown. Well done John.
Sean Dench earns the black t-shirt on his 100th parkrun. He first ran on 28th December 2013 and has shown great loyalty to Riddlesdown as all 100 have been completed here. Well done Sean.
First Male Finishers
1. Darren EKINS – 18:27
2. Paul BAILLIE – 18:36
3. Patrick SINCLAIR – 18:40
First Female Finishers
1. Stephanie UPTON – 21:53
2. Natalie GENTRY – 22:04
3. Katie FALCONER-WILLS – 22:10
Next Saturday for Riddlesdown parkrun Event #437 AND PARTY, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.